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Leo Family History

Leo Name Meaning

Southern Italian: nickname for a fierce or brave warrior, from Latin leo ‘lion’. Italian: from a short form of the personal name Pantaleo. Jewish: from the personal name Leo (from Latin leo ‘lion’), borrowed from Christians as an equivalent of Hebrew Yehuda (see Leib 3). English: from the Old French personal name Leon ‘lion’ (see Lyon 2). Spanish: variant or derivative of the personal name Leon. Dutch: from Latin leo ‘lion’, applied either a nickname for a strong or fearless man or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a lion; or alternatively from a personal name of the same derivation. German and Hungarian (Leó): Latinized form of Löwe (see Loewe).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Leon, Lew, Lio, Ley, Leu, Lee, Feo, Leos, Len, Loo

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Where is the Leo family from?

You can see how Leo families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leo family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leo families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 4 Leo families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 36% of all the recorded Leo's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Leo families in 1840.
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What did your Leo ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Leo. 19% of Leo men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Leo women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leo were Proprietor and New Worker.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
  • Operator
  • Laborer
  • New Worker
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Leo. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Leo. For the veterans among your Leo ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Leo lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Leo life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Leo in 1944 was 45, and 79 in 2004.

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